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20 South African Music Videos Celebrating Black Love

Here are 20 South African videos that celebrate relationships as well as self-love.

For the month of February, we are celebrating black love and the following South African music videos, old and new, do exactly just that.

Read ahead for 20 SA music videos celebrating both the love shared with a partner and the love for one's self—because they're both equally important.

1. LaSauce "I Do" (ft. Amanda Black)

Priddy Ugly and Bontle Modisele, who star in this video, are goals. Their chemistry is pure and featuring a real-life couple was a great decision from the director of the video.

2 .Psyfo (ft. HHP and Amu) "Double Cross"

One of Psyfo's best songs was also treated to an equally great video, which shows Psyfo and his woman on a road trip in a convertible Mini Cooper.

3. Kabomo "Busisiwe"

"Busisiwe" shows the known fact that love isn't always great—it's a process that involves hurting, healing and forgiveness.

4. AKA "The World Is Yours"

AKA's showing us how this self-care thing is done in the video for "The World Is Yours," which follows him on a vacation in Thailand. It's just him in the clip taking time out, until he's joined by his then-girlfriend Bonang Matheba towards the end.

5. K.O (ft. Nandi Mngoma) "Skhanda Love"

The video for K.O and Nandi Mngoma is a shot film about endurance and as Nandi sings, not allowing any drawback get in-between two people who are in love.

6. Big Nuz "Ntombenhle"

The visuals for "Ntombenhle" depict love in rural Kwazulu Natal. It also celebrates Zulu culture from the outfits to the customs that lead to the traditional wedding.

7. Andy Mkosi "Set It Off"

Andy Mkosi lets us in as she gets intimate with her real life crush Sandy Ndelu. The video consists mostly of close-up shots shot in a monochrome color scheme.

8. YoungstaCPT x Maloon TheBoom "Miyang Stokkie"

Taking inspiration from Dead Prez's "Mind Sex," YoungstaCPT shows an array of women in an intimate setting surrounded by incense sticks. More than anything, what makes this video potent is the mood and the ambience it is able to capture.

9. Shekhinah "Suited"

Shekhinah and her real-life bae have authentic chemistry and they exhibit for the whole world to see in this heart melting video.

10. Kanyi "Ungalibali"

Before self-love was trending, Kanyi made a statement with the video for "Ungalibali," a single from her debut album Iintombi Zifikile. The video is a short film of some sort, in which a record executive tries unsuccessfully to change the artist's image.

11. A-Reece "Mngani"

The video for "Mngani" depicts a teenage love affair with all the light-heartedness you'd associate with two young people in love.

12. Solo (ft. Dineo Moeketsi and Kabomo) "The Frolic"

Solo and Dineo Moeketsi, who are love goals AF, make us jealous as they go on a road trip far away from the city and take a ride in an air balloon.

13. Stogie T "Diamond Walk"

This video is a celebration of love and wealth. Stogie T and his woman (played by the rapper Nadia Nakai) are out in the mall, popping tags, hanging out with friends and teasing each other in the process.

14. Kwesta (ft. Thabsile) "Ngiyaz'fela Ngawe"

In this video, Kwesta shows us the man behind the K1 God or Da King of African Rap—an affectionate father and husband. He hangs out with his wife and daughter and it's all documented for all to see.

15. Sjava "Ekseni"

The video for "Ekseni" depicts a love story set in the apartheid era—it gives a glimpse of the pain black people went through, yet they never stopped living and loving.

16. Driemanskap "Ivamna (Love Portion)"

The Driemanskap quartet kicks it with their women in their hood, Gugulethu, and in different locations for each of their verses.

17. Reason "Top Seven"

Reason and his real-life girlfriend Loot Love give us a glimpse of their relationship as they take some time out of the city and hang out in a private resort.

18. Bucie (ft. Heavy K) "Easy To Love"

A reasonable number of relationships start this way. A guy pursues a woman, but she falls in love with her friend instead. Keep an eye on that third wheeler, who in this video is played by Cassper Nyovest.

19. Jimmy Nevis "7764"

Shot in Athlone, the video for "7764" is a celebration of being a Cape Coloured, a race that is usually depicted in a negative light in mainstream media. If they won't celebrate you, gather your people and celebrate yourself.

20. Patty Monroe "Reminiscing"

In this video, Patty Monroe's lover was busted when the two of them were involved in a robbery. She is seen reminiscing about the couple's glory days aided by some great use of slow motion.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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